Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 7:30 p.m., in the library of the Senior High School pursuant to due notice to board members and the public.

 

Roll Call          Alan Darion, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Tyler Loeb-Student Representative

 

Absent             Patricia Bealer, Kay Churchman, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Daniel Walter, Krystal Loy-Alt. Student Representative

 

Also                 Dr. Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Gretchen Diehl-Board Secretary, Joe Pugliese-Board

Present           Treasurer, Nick Lazo, Lu Palmer, Mark Erb, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Matt Smith, Jim Orwig, Peter Miller, Tom Green, Barbara Richard, Carol Schulley, Cheri Freeh, Rita Schwalm, Leslee Saylor, Melissa Blatt, Kim Grasso, Matt Esser, Kait Banks, Sara Esser, Joyce Esser, Keith Brintzenhoff, Harry McGonigle Lea Weinman, Todd Greiss II, Lou Cottone.

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m. by President Vymazal.

 

Welcome         President Vymazal welcomed guests and opened the meeting with a moment of silence

                        and Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  He asked that everyone signs the attendance book and marks their concern next to their name.  He requested that anyone wishing to speak on an agenda item please raise his/her hand to be recognized. The meeting was tape-recorded.

 

Approval         Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Alan Darion, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the December 19, 2005 and January 2, 2006 school board meetings.

Roll call vote:  Yes  4      No  0     Absent  5 (Bealer, Churchman, Reppert, Ritter, Walter)  

Motion carried.

 

Mrs. Bealer, Mrs. Churchman and Mr. Walter arrived at 7:43 p.m.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to accept the treasurer’s

Report             report of the general account.

Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $12,178.72.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $399,085.71.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

Motion carried.

 

Ratification of  Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Daniel Walter, to ratify for payment

Construction   the construction account bills in the amount of $164.79.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Winkler acknowledged the Science Olympiad Team for winning the Berks County competition for the 4th consecutive year. They are gearing up for the district competition. Thank you to the science department, Mr. Riedel, Dr. Drummer and Ms. Sandler for their dedication and being part of the high-energy academic day.

January is School Director Recognition Month. Rita Schwalm and KATA provided refreshments to show appreciation from the teachers for all the board does. PSBA noted interesting facts about board members that point out the extraordinary amount of volunteer time they spend at board meetings and committee meetings. Plus time taken to review details of all issues to make informed decisions. As a side note, over 50% of boards include student representatives. The KASD Board, administrators and teachers appreciate the time and effort of the student representatives.

Middle School Geography Bee was held, winner-Erica Yurvati. Spelling Bee is coming up.

 

Ski Club                                              Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to grant approval for the high

Trip                  school ski club trip to Bolton Valley, VT from March 9-12, 2006 at no cost to the district.

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Discussion Item:   Student Vacation Requests

 

Student                                                Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by William Yurvati, to grant approval for

Vacation          Chanelle LaBarre to be absent from school January 23 - February 1, 2006 for an

Requests         educational trip to Oahu.

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  4      No  3 (Churchman, Walter, Ziegler)     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

                        Motion carried.

 

                        Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to grant approval for

LeeAnna Gulley to have December 20, 2005 through January 6, 2006 excused for a family vacation.

                       

                        Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Daniel Walter, to table the motion until more

                        details are available.

                        Motion carried unanimously.

 

                        Motion made by Don Vymazal, seconded by Alan Darion, to grant approval for

                        Jacob Brintzenhoff and Katrina Brintzenhoff to be absent from school March 17–24, 2006

                        for a family trip to Florida. (Dates are during PSSA testing window)

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  0      No  7     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

                        Motion not carried.

 

Committee       EIT              No Meeting. Next meeting scheduled for January 24, 2006.

Reports             Dennis Ritter                                

                        BCTC           No Meeting. Next meeting scheduled for January 25, 2006.

  Carl Ziegler    

                        ECC             Spring coaches are on tonight’s agenda for approval. Swim team is small but

                          Pat Bealer    shows potential. Last year students competed at the state level. Discussed

                                            Middle school music trip to Toronto. School code of conduct changes were

                                            discussed and copies given to all board members for more input.

            BCIU            No Meeting   

                 Dennis Ritter      

            PSBA          Legislature is back in session January 23rd. Tax reform remains the key topic.

              Kay Churchman     Speak to your congressmen for support on tax reform bills. Bill #854 is

favored, state will contribute money to reduce property tax, includes an increase in sales tax. Legislative meeting to be held at the BCIU on February 2, 2006. “Spring Legal Roundup” and “Your Roll in Budget and Finance” are also good workshops to attend.

Policy & Curriculum   No  Meeting.

  Bill Yurvati   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel       Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Daniel Walter, to approve the following personnel items:

1.   Approval to grant tenure to Janelle Loeb, middle school fitness and wellness teacher, effective January 3, 2006 due to completion of 3 years of teaching and fulfillment of all requirements for tenure.

2.   Approval for Judy Gaffney to take an educational sabbatical during School Year 2006-2007 as per KASD district policy guidelines and KATA teacher contract.

3.   Acceptance of the resignation of Marilyn Lomax, Special Education Department Secretary, effective no later than March 17, 2006.

4.   Acceptance of the resignation of Mary Egge, cafeteria worker, effective January 16, 2006.

5.   Approval of Leslie Stump as cafeteria worker effective January 17, 2006 at a rate of $7.75 per hour.

6.   Approval of Elizabeth Ely as a substitute teacher effective January 9, 2006 for School Year 2005-2006 at the current substitute rate of $88 per day, days 1-20 and $98 per day thereafter.

7.   Approval of Evan Sterner as a guest teacher effective January 18, 2006 for School Year 2005-2006 at the current substitute rate of $88 per day, days 1-20 and $98 per day thereafter.

8.   Approval of the following coaches for School Year 2005-2006:

Volunteer Wrestling                 

      Shawn Katz                      

Volunteer Swim Team Coordinators

      Stephanie Unger                Jim Ryan                     Nancy Koller

Girls Soccer

      Assistant Coaches  - $2,683 each

            Alan Angstadt              Kelly Murdock             Sarah Johnson       

      Volunteer Coaches 

            Hugh Smith                  Ryan Weidner(College Intern)

Baseball

      Assistant Coaches  - $2,457 each

            Todd O’Neil                  Scott Scheidt              Bart Fenstermacher            

      Volunteer Coaches 

            David Zwoyer               Luke Bricker                Brad Sechler

            David Mertz                  Chris Reider                Duane Fegely

            Kevin Spayd                Jeff Gernert                Zach Boyer

Softball

      Assistant Coaches  - $2,457 each

            Dwayne Scheidt           Kevin Conrad              Kathy Schlenker                 

      Volunteer Coaches 

            Jeff Ebling                    Dave Loeb                  Wynn Griess

            Angie Lutz                   Amanda Behney         Crystal Schwenk (College Intern)

Track & Field

      Assistant Coaches  - $2,457 each

            Larry Chester               Tim Haas                    Chris Feigner                      

      Volunteer Coaches 

            Mark Hardenbrook        Jennifer Ryan             Randy Wert

9.   Approval of the following substitute cafeteria workers effective January 16, 2006 through School Year 2005-2006 at the current substitute cafeteria rate of $7.50 per hour:

                  Elaine Heffner              Michelle Warneke        Mary Egge

10. Approval of the following substitute KASD bus/van drivers for School Year 2005-2006:

                  Charlene Keller            Dennis Hertzog           Tom Capparell

11. Approval of the following Krapf bus/van drivers for School Year 2005-2006:

                  Jacob Feist            James Keller          Donna Forrer          Lori Suglia

                  Vicky Foscone        Charles Fick           Cheryl Tobias         Kevin Kelley

                  Dimas Feliciano     

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

                        Motion carried.

All Personnel are Approved Pending the District's Receipt of All Mandated Credentials

 

 

Conference     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the conference

Request           request for Joe Pugliese to attend the PASBO Annual Conference to be held March 7-10, 2006

Approval         in Hershey, PA at a cost of $819.75.

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Budgetary       Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the attached

Transfers        list of budgetary transfers for the 2005-2006 budget.

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

Motion carried.

 

Tax Penalty     Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to forgive the additional 2005

Forgiveness    real estate taxes paid in the penalty period of $352.25 for property PIN#55-5443-11-75-4408.

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

Motion carried.

 

Regional          Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the attached

WAN                resolution for KASD to participate in the BCIU WAN E-Rate Consortium for procurement of

                        Wide Area Transport and Access and Commodity Internet 2 Services beginning July 1, 2006

                        for five years at a monthly cost of $2,500 -$3,000.

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

Motion carried.

 

Discussion Item:   2006-2007 School Calendar

 

Executive        Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati to have the board meet

Session           for an executive session to discuss a personnel matter at 9:27 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

                        The board reconvened at 9:48 p.m.

 

                        Mr. Ziegler left 9:48 p.m.

 

Student            Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to take from the table the  

Vacation          motion to grant approval for LeeAnna Gulley to have 9 days for a family vacation

Request                                               excused during the dates of December 20, 2005 through January 6, 2006.

                        Motion to take from the table carried unanimously.

                 

                  Roll call vote:  Yes  0      No  7     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)  

Motion for vacation request not carried.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 9:56 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary